49ers Weakness – Defensive Backfield

According to Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. he says that the weakness of the 49ers is their secondary. He also mentions that outside of Frank Gore and Vernon Davis no one on offense should feel safe about their starting position.

Walt Harris was lost for the season in a recent minicamp, and that loss makes an already questionable group even more worrisome. The signing of Dre’ Bly does help make up for the loss, but it also should be considered a step down.

Nate Clements is a good player, but not an elite one. He is a physical player who also contributes against the run and does a number of things well. But his coverage skills aren’t at the level of Nnamdi Asomugha and Champ Bailey.

Tarell Brown has a fair amount of upside and could be a surprise player as he matures. But he doesn’t match up well against the Seahawks’ or Cardinals’ third wide receiver option at this point.

Brown will compete with Shawntae Spencer for the third corner spot. Spencer has good size (6-foot-1), but he has been more of a liability than an asset since joining the team.

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  • CSRKing21

    What does he know. I have never heard of that guy anyway.

  • Texas9er

    Don't pay attention to these idiots. Last year they picked Atlanta and Miami to be the worst teams in the league and they both went to the playoffs. Fuck these dudes, they don't have a clue anyway. With Mike Nolan gone the defense will be a whole lit better. 29th to 13th in just eight games with Singletary. Imagine what he could do with a whole season. Go Niners, Playoffs this year and you better believe it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Niner Pundit

      I agree Tex. Sad thing is these guys get paid for the crap they write.

      • Texas9er

        How in the hell do some of these sports writers get jobs? Pundit you have more useful info that most of the stupid fucks. Pundit, have you tried to make this a full time job because you need to unseat some of these "experts"?

    • Darlo49ers

      The 49ers defense and offense is in the correct shape it has ever been not only do we have a knew head coach but an offense of cordinator running the WestCoast Offense with the right tools. We will be the shit next season. Cowboy fans are already hating!!!

    • Darlo49ers

      Once the season begans do not allow any new 49er fans to claim our team. If they were not with us through the tuff times tell them to kiss your ass! I hate new fans once we start doing good or people whom follow individual players! We have our O-Line looking good in camp, a new reciever, a great running back, a potential Young and Montana (Smith and Hill) three hella good tight ends a better fullback a back up running back (Hicks, Robinson and Coffee) We have a defense of line with lots of potential, great linebacker crew (Patrick Willis) Lets pray on our cornerbacks and safety position in which; they will improve, Nate Clemens should play strong safety. Can you say 12-4 or better.

  • joe gomez

    Walt Harris to Dre' Bly is a step down? If it is I dont think its by much. I do agree to the fact that as much money Clements makes, he should be one of the elite corners in the NFL which he isnt. Great at stopping the run but not so great at covering speedy receivers. Anybody else went to Family Day? Singletary's speech was very inspiring and Gary Plumbers Football 101 clinics were entertaining.

    • Niner Pundit

      I agree…don’t think there is that much of a fall off between Harris and Bly or even Harris and Brown for that matter. Hopefully they finally can get a decent pass rush which should help Nate and Co.

      • Msouza

        Yeah with a pass rush I think Nate could be elite. I rarely see him get beat immediately off the line, it is usually after the QB has had all day that Nate gets lost.

  • Lowrance

    A good pass rush will compensate for any DB drop, if any.
    When Stubblefield and Young were pounding the middle of O lines, our DBs looked much better!!!

    • Texas9er

      We also had Merton Hanks. That helps alot too!

  • Lowrance

    I miss Merton’s Chicken Walk!!!! Great neck action!!!!

  • Texas9er

    The 49ers could go 0-16 for the next ten years and I would still be a die hard fan. Lets Rock and Roll 49ers. 10-6 and no less.